A letter or two…

January 15th

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The winner for the stationery is Becky Sue because she hit a cord with her pro-book stance:

“I don’t know if this is considered “old-fashioned” but it certainly seems the tide is turning with all these new e-book thingys like the Kindle and the Nook. Give me a good old-fashioned book any day…I love the feel of it in my hands, the feel of the pages, the smell. I have never listened to an audio book either, and I don’t really care to – even if it might save me some time.”

I am all for technology, but I can’t imagine the time I’ll take a Kindle over a great used book found on a dusty shelf at my local haunt. I like the sensory experience of books and I cannot believe this is now old-fashioned, but so be it!

Your comments about the letters you’ve written, saved and cherished over the years brought out the sentimentalist in me. I am so thankful so many others celebrate this simple joy. I’ve learned you received letters your grandparents had written each other when courting, you’ve written letters to your future children when pregnant, you penned letters to introduce yourself, and to end relationships too.

What used to be an art now seems to be contrite; I still find a good letter a great entertainment. Thank you for sharing your stories!

~K

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7 Responses

  1. I love getting letters, too. I have a post in the docket about how much I love getting thank you cards. Today is Ryan and my 1 year anniversary…better believe I wrote him an old-fashioned love note, in script.

    Love these posts!

  2. What a lovely treat for Becky Sue! Congratulations to her.

    I do agree about actually holding a book in your hands and enjoying the whole sensory thing. However, I have a Kindle and love it madly. But my reason for owning a Kindle is because I’m allergic to the molds and inks found in physical books. We are having to purge actual books from our house and I’ve been giving them away, donating them, and so on. This is a very hard thing for me to have to do, painful actually. But it’s what my doctor advised so I can breathe better and stay off medications. I still do craft projects that involve paper, but they generally are gifts that don’t stay in my house for too long and most of them are Mod Podged or somehow sealed in a way that protects me. I can’t do that with my precious books. It’s so ironic that I, as a writer and lover of books, am allergic to the very things that bring me such joy.

  3. I love books, but I love my kindle too. Can’t beat it for travelling – I took it with me on vacay, and it carried 15 books for me. Still, nothing will ever replace a brand new hardback or even a musty old find from the used bookstore.

  4. You made a great choice. Like Becky Sue, I enjoy the sensory aspects of reading a book. I find Kindle tempting, but I don’t think I would enjoy reading as much as curling up with a real book.

  5. You know what i like about the Kindle? People reading.

  6. Larissa Stretton January 16, 2010

    I am so with you, Books are THE BEST!! The above posts bring up good points about the Kindle, although I don’t see myself ever owning one. I am like you, love to dig up old books and scout them out wherever I go, It’s like an addiction. One of my favorite books along those lines is that never having read “Little Women” when I was young, I found a copy in an antique store for just $1. I don’t know what I loved more, the story or the old book itself. Pure joy, the whole thing!

    Letters are also a favorite, emails are great for getting in touch with some friends; I can leave it when it’s convenient, they can get it when it’s convenient for them, but I have a dear friend in Virginia that I’ve been writing to since 1992. Every letter from her is like a visit, I save all her letters and think she saves mine. The chronicles of our lives those letters must be.

    Thanks for the idea to think about books and letters in such a way. Sometimes they just become part of our everyday lives and we forget really how special (and sometimes rare) they are.

    Larissa

  7. I’m a Kindle convert. We have limited access to books here, and the Kindle has re-opened my horizons. Within a few seconds, I can have books on the device. It doesn’t replace books, I still love them and buy when I can. But it makes it so much easier to travel and live internationally.

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